Wonders await with Whitney loaded with Quality

The first Saturday card featuring two Grade I stakes races is on tap Saturday (there will be three in total) and the best horse in North America is going postward in the Whitney Handicap.

Quality Road will look to continue his march to the Horse of the Year crown this afternoon as he brings in a 3-3 record, which includes a tremendous victory in the Donn Handicap back in February and a highly impressive Met Mile tally just over two months ago.  This is his first of two scheduled appearances at Saratoga and if you remember back to his first race at the old Spa, it’s clear he really likes this surface.  He scored in the Amsterdam last year in track record time then failed twice going long on sloppy tracks.  The forecast is ideal for Saturday and the track will be fast.

Can Quality Road be beaten today?  That’s the question you have to ask yourself when betting the race because the opportunities to make money with him in vertical wagers are awfully scant.  Blame brings in the best credentials as he’s on a four-race winning streak of his own going back to two wins vs. elders in 2009.  He took the Stephen Foster last time out in his first Grade I try as he ran down a loose leader on a track that favored speed.  Blame’s rally that day makes him the type of horse you have to admire as he worked against the individual race dynamics in the Foster.  However, it doesn’t really look like what is necessary for him to knock off a horse like Quality Road is going to happen today.  He’ll benefit if the pace gets hot and that will ultimately depend on how much pressure Haynesfield and jockey Ramon Dominguez put on the big favorite.

Musket Man is going to get a great deal of support at the windows as he’s shown remarkable consistency in a career where he’s been in the money in every start.  I believe he’s better around one turn as he showed in a narrow miss in the Carter and a 2nd place finish to Quality Road in the Met Mile.  He’ll get the jump on Blame but has never really had the closing kick needed to take a race like this.

Haynesfield is one of the best NY breds we’ve seen in recent years as he scored a G2 victory in the Suburban last time out.  As I mentioned, the burden of being Quality Road’s accompaniment through the opening half-mile falls on this guy’s shoulders and somehow stepping up and running by the burly son of Elusive Quality after tracking him would be a feat the likes of which Haynesfield has never pulled off.

So, basically, your best choices in terms of wagering today are to determine who you like in the wide-open Test and the competitive Hattie Moseley, which go as races 8 and 9 on the 11 race program.  #4 SNOW TOP MOUNTAIN is going to be favored in the Moseley as she enters off of consecutive 2nd place finishes against G3 competition.  She has a big closing kick and is likely to get the pace setup she needs to be successful today.  I’m using her in the Pick 4 along with #5 SEA ROAD, who has been freshened after a dull effort at Monmouth in late May.  She’s already won twice going long on the grass off of similar layoffs and trainer Stanley Hough has worked her smartly in the morning.

The Test lost some of its luster when morning line favorite Franny Freud was declared on Thursday afternoon.  What’s left behind is a wide-open group that has 6 or 7 legitimate win candidates.  The large amount of speed should set things up well for #2 BUCKLEUPBUTTERCUP, a G3 winner who comes into this event off of a 2nd place finish in the Azalea at Calder.  She rallied well last time out to finish 2nd and should greatly benefit from the added furlong she’ll go today.  #9 CHRISTINE DAAE is a longshot I’m using as she goes 3rd off a layoff for trainer Patrick Biancone and exits a narrow miss against older fillies before a dull effort against males.  She has always shown talent and might just be returning to the trip that she excels at, seven panels on the main track.

Best of luck to you in your wagering endeavors today!  Don’t forget that the West Virginia Derby is also this afternoon as well as the Hambletonian for those of you of the harness racing persuasion.  Click here to read my full-card analysis for today, available each and every NYRA racing day at http://www.capitalotb.com!

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One Response to “Wonders await with Whitney loaded with Quality”

  1. Alfonso Says:

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